The UNM College of Education will host a talk Wednesday, Jan. 30 featuring educational expert Robert King. The talk will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. in the George Pearl Hall Auditorium at the UNM School of Architecture & Planning. King's talk is titled, "Higher Education's Role in Implementation of Common Core State Standards in Kentucky." The talk is free and open to all.

In 2009, King became the third president of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. He is the former chancellor of the State University of New York, one of the largest comprehensive systems of universities, colleges and community colleges in the world. More recently, he served as president and CEO of the Arizona Community Foundation, a statewide charitable foundation with a strong focus on education, economic development, and scientific research.

King's very active in community service and has volunteered and served on numerous boards and organizations. He served nine years on the White House Commission on Presidential Scholars; the Education Committee of the U.S. National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); and as an advisor to the Middle State Commission on Higher Education regarding reauthorization of the Higher Education Act in Congress.

King received a Bachelor of Arts from Trinity College in Hartford, Conn. in 1968 and a Juris Doctor in 1971 from the Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1971.